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Protests continue for sacked cleaner

by Elane Heffernan
Issue No. 2195

Around 50 students, staff and supporters of the UCL Living Wage Campaign demonstrated on the last day of term in support of Juan Carlos Piedra.

O&G, the cleaning contractors who run services at UCL, sacked Juan Carlos last year after managers spoke to him about his union activity.

The lively protest moved from the main square into the college, past security guards who attempted to prevent the entry of staff and students to their own college—to hold a roaming protest.

Demonstrators, led by Juan Carlos, succeeded in addressing attentive cleaners and kitchen staff in Spanish and English.

The protest finished with a “refectory invasion” handing out leaflets and displaying banners to staff and students.

The campaign is gathering strength with over 250 people recently attending a showing of Ken Loach’s film Bread and Roses, after which cleaners joined the Unison union.

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Tue 30 Mar 2010, 18:50 BST
Issue No. 2195
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